Middle East loses trillions as US strikes record arms deals By Rick Rozoff
4 September 2010
Rick Rozoff views the United States’ growing arms exports to Middle East countries, which will spend an estimated 100 billion dollars on arms from the US by 2014, and the lost opportunities for development in a region that “has known the least peace in the past 60 years and that is in most need of it”.
The internet has provided the world with, if nothing else, instantaneous access to news and in-depth information previously available only to governments and think tanks. It has also allowed for the exchange of data and analyses between groups and individuals around the globe, in part by making one tongue, English, the language of the World Wide Web. It remains to be seen whether the keystroke is mightier than the sword.
An illustrative case in point is a report dated 29 August from China's Xinhua News Agency on a news article by Egypt's Middle East News Agency regarding a study conducted b…
Alex Burghoorn is weer terug in Nederland. Hij woonde 5 jaar in Jeruzalem met vrouw en kinderen. Zijn vrouw werkte voor een microkredietbank voor Palestijnse boeren in Ramalla. Op de radio wist hij te melden dat Israëli's zo paranoia zijn dat er amper mee te praten valt, en zeker ook racistisch. Natuurlijk in bedekte termen.
Dat hebben we in de krant niet gelezen. Sonja, dat is het parasitaire element in de Nederlandse cultuur, de middenklasse eet van twee walletjes. Het is een kruideniersmentaliteit, waarbij het eigenbelang nooit uit het oog wordt verloren. Mijn klasse handelt alsof er geen consequenties aan verbonden zijn. En inderdaad, voor henzelf heeft het geen consequenties, wel voor hun slachtoffers. Ik zie dit nu weer op grote schaal in de VS.
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Edward Bernays, the American nephew of Sigmund Freud, is said to have invented modern propaganda. During the First World War, he was one of a group of influential liberals who mounted a secret government campaign to persuade reluctant Americans to send an army to the bloodbath in Europe. In his book, "Propaganda," published in 1928, Bernays wrote that the "intelligent manipulation of the organised habits and opinions of the masses was an important element in democratic society" and that the manipulators "constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power in our country." Instead of propaganda, he coined the euphemism "public relations." The American tobacco industry hired Bernays to convince women they should smoke in public. By associating smoking with women's liberation, he made cigarettes &qu…
Billion Dollar Audit Missed by Pentagon Watchdog Tuesday 31 August 2010 by: Pratap Chatterjee | Inter Press Service | Report (Image: Jared Rodriguez / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: Mission Essential Personnel, LLC, joeduty) Washington - Military auditors failed to complete an audit of the business systems of an Ohio- based company - Mission Essential Personnel - even though it had billed for one billion dollars worth of work largely in Afghanistan over the last four years. In September 2007 the U.S. Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) awarded Mission Essential Personnel (MEP) a five-year-contract worth up to 414 million dollars to provide 1,691 translators in Afghanistan. MEP was a start-up company created by three men, including Chad Monnin, a U.S. Army Special Forces reservist who was injured in a parachute accident. Procurement rules give preference to companies owned by injured veterans, even if they have no prior experience. When the Obama administration decided to exp…
Videotip: Robert Fisk in 'discussie' met een propagandapipo van het Jewish Congress, die geen antwoord kan verzinnen op de vraag: waarom bouwt Israël nederzettingen op de West Bank?
Fisk meldt hier ook dat de laatste keer dat de VS serieus kritisch op Israël was (en zich in deze iets van de VN aantrok), was in 1956, toen Eisenhower te kennen gaf dat Israël uit Suez moest vertrekken, or else.
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Eisenhower on the Opportunity Cost of Defense Spending Gen. Eisenhower speaks with soldiers of the 101st Airborne on the eve of D-Day Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement. We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. This is, I repeat, the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking. This is not a way of life a…
NOTE: The word “Quds” is Arabic for “the holy place” and is the Arabic name for Jerusalem. Al Quds day is an annual event held on the last Friday of
Ramadan when people around the world – Muslim and non-Muslims come together
to demonstrate their support for the oppressed people of the world,
particularly the oppressed people of Palestine. It is a day that belongs to
everyone who cares for those who suffer under the yoke of oppression. This
year, al Quds Day falls on Friday 3 September 2010.
As yet another round of peace talks is underway since the high hopes of Oslo
in 1993 (many forget that peace talks had, in fact, already been going on
since the mid-1970s) much is being written about their likely success or
failure. It is very interesting to read the views of a distinguished
American diplomat and defence and intelligence expert, particularly in light
of what he said back in 2005 "As long as the United States continues
unconditionally to provide the subsidies and political …
Now that message isn't chickenshit. Thank you Stephen, we will tell him or her.
British Broadcasting CorporationHome UK Stephen Hawking: God did not create UniverseThe Universe can create itself from nothing, says Prof Hawking There is no place for God in theories on the creation of the Universe, Professor Stephen Hawking has said.
He had previously argued belief in a creator was not incompatible with science but in a new book, he concludes the Big Bang was an inevitable consequence of the laws of physics.
The Grand Design, part serialised in the Times, says there is no need to invoke God to set the Universe going.
"Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something," he concluded. 'Planetary conditions' In his new book, an extract of which appears in the Times, Britain's most famous physicist sets out to contest Sir Isaac Newton's belief that the universe must have been designed by …
These interviews with Jim Kalbach, a farmer, Dominica Cibilich, an oyster fisherwoman and Chuck Nelson, a coal miner, show how hard-working people often pay a life-changing price when corporate money buys off politicians.
As long as politicians are accountable to these corporations and lobbyists who finance their campaigns, they are never going to be accountable to thepeople who elect them.
The only way to make Congress accountable to working Americans is to have Fair Elections, where a coal miner's voice can be heard as clearly as the owner of that mine.
Counterpunch and Tomdispatch.com / ByIsmael Hossein-zadeh and William Astore6 COMMENTS Are We a Kleptocracy and What Does That Mean Anyway? Two articles consider what the real economic patterns we face are, and whether the big process we're undergoing is basically just a massive transfer of wealth. September 2, 2010 | LIKE THIS ARTICLE ? Join our mailing list: Sign up to stay up to date on the latest headlines via email. Petitions by Change.org|Get Widget|Start a PetitionEditor’s note: In some ways, the economic landscape we face defies conventional explanation. It’s true that consumers aren’t spending a lot -- measures of consumer confidence are approaching their all-time low -- and businesses don’t have much taste for expansion. The foreclosure crisis -- all but forgotten in elite circles -- rages on unabated. But as Washington Post business reporter Steve Pearlstein noted recently, while “the jobs haven't returned, corporate profits surely have and, at $1.2 trillion annually, …